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For too long now I've been using an xacto knife for my metal conversions. I know I need files and a saw, but I have no idea what kind to get or where to get them. Recommendations? Is there anything else I'd need? Is there a good place I can get these things online?
Any feedback is appreciated.
Warstore has a decent selection of tools. *Link*
I'd add a pin vice/pin drill to your list. Don't bother getting pin vice refill packs or whatever they're called. You can go to an art or hobby store and get big rolls of wire for less. Just match the wire gauge to the size of a bit or two and you're set for life.
But I'd suggest finding a local hobby shop (not GW) that sells trains and wargames. Things are usually cheaper that way and you can ask what they use to get an idea of what will work out for you.
Go to a hardware store like Wilco in the U.K or Walmart in the states. You will be able to get almost the same tools and very cheap. All i use is a flat metal file, a stanly knife, and a pair of clippers should not cost more than £3 for the lot. Do not buy the tools from G.W.
Like everything G.W is great qualtiy but way, way over priced.
Last edited by Chubby_Jedi; February 19th, 2009 at 09:32.
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Thanks a million for all the advice - it's been enormously helpful.
Just to add to Jon's good advice- Try and get clippers that are flat on one side (but not at the tip). This makes life easier when trimming models off sprues.
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
Xuron Micro Shears are my personal favourite.
A basic set of needle files should be all you need on that front - get a set small enough to get at the little areas on a miniature, but don't get something so fine that you'll risk breaking it. your local hobby shop should have good sets, and there's plenty of options online.
As for saws, you'll want a razor saw, and possibly a jeweler's saw, too. Get them with fairly fine teeth to avoid chewing up a model.
And as thepete said, a Pinvise is definitely recommended - it comes in handy all the time.
EDIT: Oh, yeah - great place to shop online?? Micro-Mark, in case you hadn't guessed yet!
I just wanted to say that yes, GW tools are very expensive. Note, however, that you can be sure they're good quality. If you can't find a cheap alternative locally that seems of good enough quality, it might be best to just stick to what you know works. No point in buying something cheaper and then paying the difference in transport, is there?
If your in the UK, Hobby Craft stores do a really good and cheap range of files, pincers drills along with the 'branded' stuff etc.. I use their stuff all the time and i think its just as good as the branded stuff.
They also do a really good range of resins, fillers and mould making stuff too.. but thats another post..
i have started using my variable speed rotary tool for just about everything now. on low speed i can sand down FW resin without making a huge cloud and i can grind down large chunks of metal without cutting myself or making metal bits fly.
i also do NOT pin my metal models anymore. nope no pins and i don't even glue them. instead i use epoxy putty to hold the parts together. once i rough up the two mating surfaces i put the epoxy putty on one piece and press it into where the other piece is supposed to fit. the good thing about the epoxy putty is that it is very plyable before it has cured so once i have the pieces fit together i can go about cleaning away extra putty and smooth or fill gaps. once the epoxy is hard (takes a few hours 1 day is best) it will be practically indestructable.
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